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Entering its third season, the ProKart Challenge North is preparing for the opening round, set for February 12-13 at the Jim Russell International Karting Center. The Sonoma, California facility has become the home for the growing Superkarts! USA regional program and will once again play host to the series in its third year. The PKC North program will also be unveiling the new SKUSA class structure and licensing system to the area on the opening weekend.
“The Infineon Raceway and the Jim Russell USA people have been great to us during the first two years of the PKC North,” commented SKUSA CEO Tom Kutscher. “Each year we have continued to grow, and entering the third season we expect the same – thanks in part to our alignment with our new class and licensing program we have put together for 2010. There is a solid following of talented drivers in the area and we are pleased to have them support us again this year.”
The new class structure developed during the off-season has a focus on the SKUSA Stock Moto program, which now includes five categories. The headline S3 class has been renamed to S1 - Pro Stock Moto, with a number of contenders from last year expected to return. The S4 category (Masters Stock Moto) will remain intact, with new divisions to the class lineup for 2010 including S5 (Junior Stock Moto), S2 (Semi-Pro Stock Moto) and S3 (Novice Stock Moto). Committed to developing the S5 program, PKC North will provide free entry into the opening round of the series. Furthermore, and to match the same offer made to the PKC South drivers, the North program has put together an attractive prize package to bring more Junior Stock drivers out for the season. Provided they run at least five of the six events, the top-three drivers in the final S5 standings will receive a free entry into the SKUSA SuperNationals XIV scheduled for November 17-22.
“The new class structure, along with our new licensing program, is a positive step forward for the SKUSA organization,” continued Kutscher. “Drivers will need to earn, on the track, the right to compete against the best in their region – and across the country in our SKUSA Pro Tour. For the PKC North program, we will be able to provide a training ground for many young drivers and newcomers to the sport. With our Stock Moto program, a family can invest in a motor for their junior-aged driver and keep that motor as he or she graduates through to S1.”
Completing the gearbox categories, the popular G1 division will return again for those over 30 with modified 125cc gearbox engines. The three TaG categories from last year will return to the class line-up as well – TaG Senior, TaG Master and TaG Junior – with some fine-tuned engine weights recently adjusted by the SKUSA organization. With a heavy contingent of Junior drivers in the area, a local-option HPV2 Junior class will remain on the class roster for 2010.
“I feel our TaG categories in the PKC North program are among the strongest in the country,” commented Kutscher. “From Junior to Masters, we have some of the top talent racing at the regional level. Since adding the HPV2 Junior category, we have been able to expose what we do to a number of young drivers and families who have found that our program suits their racing needs; thus we are continuing with the class. The 2010 program for the ProKart Challenge North is solid, and should continue to grow as the season progresses.”
The opening round of the six-race championship will begin on February 12 with practice day on the ‘national’ circuit of the Sonoma facility from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. PKC North will be cooking up a complimentary Friday night tri-tip BBQ dinner – sponsored by the Thomas family – following the practice day. Race pre-registrations are currently being accepted, with racers able to save $35 on their entry fee by submitting an entry prior to midnight on February 10. SKUSA memberships will be mandatory for the event, and forms are available on the SKUSA or ProKart Challenge websites. Camping and overnight parking of trailers on site will be permitted Friday night at no charge. A host hotel has not yet been confirmed; however, once confirmed an update will be posted on the ProKart Challenge series website.
A live scoring feed as well as blogging will be available Saturday during the racing action. For more information on the opening round – including the tentative race day schedule – or anything related to SKUSA and the ProKart Challenge, visit www.prokartchallenge.com and www.superkartsusa.com or call the SKUSA head office at 951-491-0808.